Heroic HCP - Partha Kar


Staff member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Another slightly unusual nomination received - not of a forum member, but of a well known (and now formally honoured) healthcare professional who has done amazing work to support people living with diabetes, and who I am proud to have met and collaborated with on a number of occasions.

A very inspiring person, and a bit of a diabetes superhero.

In his national role, Professor Kar has led and delivered on:
  • Freestyle Libre being available on NHS
  • NHS Right Care Diabetes pathway
  • Diabetes ‘Language Matters’ document
  • Type 1 diabetes NHS England web-resource – on NHS choices
  • Introduction of frailty into QoF treatment targets for diabetes care in NHS
  • Availability of CGM to all pregnant people with diabetes
  • Diabetes Technology pathway development with multiple stakeholders
  • Setting up pilot projects for diabulimia treatment in London and Wessex
  • Introduction of Low Carbohydrate App into NHS Apps Library
Other work has involved input into updating driving guidelines in relation to use of technology in those living with diabetes, helping to develop a virtual reality programme to improve hospital safety and starting work on increased mental health access for people with diabetes across the NHS.
Professor Partha Kar has been a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust since 2008. He was the Clinical Director of Diabetes from 2009 to 2015, being part of a multiple national award-winning department due to its services and care provided. He is the pioneer of the Super Six Diabetes Model, which aims to deliver diabetes care differently and is recognised as one of the good examples of integrated care.
He is also a Professor at the University of Leicester working with the Leicester Diabetes Centre.
Professor Kar is also an avid user of social media (@parthaskar) to engage with people with diabetes, recognised as a ‘Social media Pioneer’ by HSJ in 2014.